Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering | CEOS
E3-513 Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC)
75 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6


Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Manitoba, (2011)
B.Sc., University of Manitoba, (2005), Electrical & Computer Engineering


ECE 4290 Microwave Engineering
GEOG 4200/7480 Advanced Methods in Remote Sensing
ECE 7440 Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing

Research Interests

My research area is in remote sensing, sensor technologies, and applications in Arctic Science. In remote sensing, we are interested in observing and understanding the conditions of our target of interest without being in physical contact with it. For my research, I focus on a range of topics, from engineering system and antenna design to scientific use and analysis of satellite data.
My team conducts experiments on sea ice remote sensing at multiple scales. This ranges from small-scale studies using radars to monitor sea ice conditions at the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) on the University of Manitoba campus, to large-scale research from ships in the Arctic and satellite data acquisition over Northern Canada. The small-scale studies give us detailed information on how changes in ice conditions affect our radar measurement and then we use these results to interpret changes in sea ice at the large scale.
My research projects have included remote sensing experimentation, design of antennas and sensors, satellite hardware development, and satellite imagery interpretation. Applications have included developing methods for detecting oil spills in sea ice environments, numerical modeling techniques, and improving satellite-based sea ice classification using machine learning.

Recent and Significant Publications

Kruk, R., Fuller, M. C., Komarov, A. S., Isleifson, D., Jeffrey, I., “Proof of Concept for Sea Ice Stage of Development Classification Using Deep Learning,” Remote Sensing 12, no. 15, 2020.

Platero, V., Ferguson, P., Jayaraman, R., Isleifson, D., “2-In-1 smart panels: Embedding phased array patch antennas within satellite structures,” Acta Astronautica, 2020. 

Harasyn, M. L., Isleifson, D., Chan,  W., Barber, D. G., “Multi-scale observations of the co-evolution of sea ice thermophysical properties and microwave brightness temperatures during the summer melt period in Hudson Bay,” Elementa Science Anthology, vol. 8, no. 1, 2020.

Desmond, D. S., Saltymakova, D., Neusitzer, T. D., Firoozy, N., Isleifson, D., Barber, D. G., Stern, G. A. “Oil Behavior in Sea Ice: Changes in Chemical Composition and Resultant Effect on Sea Ice Dielectrics,” vol. 142, pp. 216-233, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2019.

Isleifson, D., Galley, R. J., Barber, D. G., Landy, J. C., Komarov, A., Shafai, L., “A Study on the C-band Polarimetric Scattering and Physical Characteristics of Frost Flowers on Experimental Sea Ice,” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol.52, no.3, pp.1787-1798, March 2014.